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Brent has held a number of roles over his working career that have included employee, self employment, business ownership and investor.
Brent ticks both Māori and European boxes for ethnicity, has two children to a first marriage and is remarried to Claire and who shares the same life philosophies as Brent.
Together, they started a business from scratch providing primary aged childcare, expanding the brand to seven locations to be responsible for 750+ children and be recognised as experts in allowing kidz to kidz while parents do adult stuff. After they sold the business, they took some time out to cycle the length of New Zealand (2,400 kims from Bluff to Cape Reinga) to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation. Brent was then shoulder tapped by a Global Logistic company to end up residing in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Initially as a project manager, however, this transitioned into leading and driving quality and business transformation for the organisation.
After exiting Dubai, Brent and Claire headed to Turkey to walk 360 kms by foot, from Istanbul to Gallipoli to commemorate Anzac Day 2011. What followed was a 1,600 km pilgrimage doing the Camino, in both directions. First by cycle, and then by foot. It cemented the passion to travel with adventure. Simultaneously, the paradigm shift to embrace minimalism. In-between work projects since, other adventure travel has included cycling across Cambodia; ascending to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaru; volunteering in an Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo; to trekking up to Mt Everest Base camp. Perhaps the most audacious, their cycling 7,500 across Canada on a Tandem from Vancouver to St Johns.
Life balance also includes micro-adventures – everything outdoors in nature; freelance illustration; playing the ukulele; volunteering taking the visually impaired for tandem cycle rides; story-sharing with friends over a glass of red wine; and still playing board games with his two adult kids.
Brent authored and self-illustrated a book titled ‘Re-Kindle You, Dream • Design • Do – From Goal Setting to Goal Getting’. It’s about reminding ourselves to pursue more of what matters most, in order to have greater meaningful happiness. And with Claire, they have featured on in an e-magazine called ‘Epic Mentors’ to share their back story in what it took to become the people they are today.
From time to time, Brent gets asked to speak to help reboot trajectories (whether business or personal), with sincere brutal honest to goodness story-telling that engages, entertains and enlightens.
“The strategies Brent imparted were outstanding. He shared real-world techniques instead of sales theories leaving participants with the key to unlocking their potential to become remarkable sales people and beyond in their personal lives. The ability to connect and hold their attention for the entire presentation time reflected in the feedback from all participants as exceptional.
Brent’s professional common sense no-nonsense approach incorporating personal experiences and humour were refreshing. I would not hesitate to be recommending Brent for any Sales Team training workshops, seminars or key-note presentation.”
– Warren Angus, Head of Business Customer, DHL Global Forwarding
“They connected with the audience and had an inspirational message that was just what my audience needed. They were fun and passionate which makes any presentation go really well.”
– Mike Caton, ‘Inspired’ Seminar Series Founder (www.mikecatton.co.nz)
That’s Brent, all summed up in a nutshell.
Whether a work shop, conference or as an after dinner speaker, Brent welcomes opportunities to converse about collaborating to speak at events. Just simply complete and send the form below for Brent to get in touch.